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#1402 of 2830 amers2 Whining Noise and Friday's Dealer Service Experience
Dec 10, 2001 (10:23 am)
Could be the same one I am now experiencing from what I think is the power steering pump when the fluid foams. There is a TSB on this item. It is not a recall, but I had a rather pleasant encounter with the service department at Anaheim Mitsubishi in Orange County CA. on Friday regarding this item and the "fun house mirror", as someone described it in an NTSB complaint.
It seems the whole attitude of the service department at Anaheim has changed from my last visit. I took the 2001 Montero LTD in for a 26,000 mile oil change on Friday, armed with the TSB titles and numbers from the NTSB and AllData web sites as well as print outs of all the discussion on this site of the BS that Viet2 had to go through with his dealer to get the power steering tank replaced.
The service consultant, Joe Garza was very pleasant, asked for and wrote down the TSB numbers on the work order and voila', the larger power steering tank is on order, as is a new drivers side mirror. Both are "n/c" warranty items.
He also said they would, and they did check for any oil leakage from the front drive disengage switch gasket. (None noted, and I have noted no oil under the vehicle when parked in the garage.) This is a fairly common, under warranty replaced, item on the 2001 Montero.
Based on this last experience I think I can recommend Anaheim Mitsubishi's Service Department to SoCal Montero owners.
For what it's worth, I believe, the Mitsubishi dealers at La Puente, Tustin Auto Center, and Victorville, CA are all under the same ownership.
Dec 10, 2001 (2:38 pm)
Under what conditions does your montero start to whine,and where can i print out the tsb's? Also, the brakes recently started squeaking, and the dealer said they couldnt replicate it. I took them for a drive, and it squeaked a couple of times, but they said the brake pads are fine, and theres nothing they could do about it if they cant replicate it on a regular basis. Anybody have any ideas as to what i should do to get them to fix it?
#1404 of 2830 brake vibrations
Dec 10, 2001 (7:48 pm)
At 13K I started feeling a shudder when I applied the brakes. Dealer said my rotors were warped, as the Montero was a "heavy" car. I was given the option of turning them or waiting til the brakes wore out. Waited, had them turned, drove 3000 miles severe shudder returns. Anyone else?
#1405 of 2830 pros and cons during the first 12k miles......
Dec 11, 2001 (12:30 am)
Haven't been here in a while due to the fact I just bought a 97 M3, but I've got about 12k on the LTD and I thought I'd share a few pros and cons.
Cons: what's the deal with those hooks/latches that stick up in the rear storgae area? Makes sliding stuff in difficult. My car seems to have a sticky gas pedal, as it's difficult to accelerate from a stop smoothly. On more than one occasion I've refilled the tank (not to full) and the mileage left readout didn't auto set, and thus didn't give an accurate reading of what's left in the tank. Is it me or is the silver paint on the plastic exterior VERY delicate and prone to chips? My dealer installed running boards still seem loose even after the dealer tightened them and said they would tighten no more due to fear of stripping the thread. No in-dash nav system (or is there now?). Squishy brakes (but maybe that's because I'm used to the M3 :')). No tilt/telescoping steering wheel (I feel too far when my legs are positioned correctly). Tumbling rear seats eat up lots of room when they're out of the way.
Pros: very good visibility, above average ride quality, plenty of room for passengers (I always end up driving whenever we have more than three people), good looks (though 17" rims a la Explorer XLS would have been a nice touch), better than I expected acceleration at highway speeds, rear A/C, heated seats, good audio system, and overall a good buy for the bucks. It gets about 15 mpg and ~350 gallons per fill-up, which I feel is quite good for a vehicle of its size.
Anyway, these are my observations during the first 12k miles. YMMV.
#1406 of 2830 mp19fan:
Dec 11, 2001 (1:21 pm)
I have the Mitsu cargo bay cover for the back--keeps the back nice and clean, and gets rid of the problem with those pesky hooks (there are cut outs for the hook on the cargo cover, but I elected to leave them alone so it would stay flat). I made the dealer throw one in when I bought it--don't know how much they cost, but they fit all the knooks and crannies perfectly, and have raised edges to keep liquids from draining underneath.
The only bad thing was it took forever and a lot of weight to get the thing to flatten out completely. I turned this into a positive by making my mother in law sleep back there whenever she comes to visit--keeps her out of the house, and my cargo liner stays flat as a board.
#1407 of 2830 RE: Brake Vibrations
Dec 11, 2001 (6:54 pm)
Clay... It sounds like someone is not properly Torquing the Lugs when replacing the wheels during service or tire rotation.
This was a big issue with me when I owned a Dodge Truck. The dealer always used a torque stick on an air gun. It always resulted in unevenly torqued lugs which will warp rotors quickly.
I always insisted on Hand Torquing from that point on and never had the problem. At one service, I forgot to tell them and the next day I had the Brake Vibration or Shuddering from Warped Rotors again. Frustrating but it proved my point with the dealer. After that last incident, I borrowed a torque wrench to see if they in fact got it wrong. Every Lug was off dramatically. They guy who I borrowed the tool from was an NFL lineman and he couldn't even remove a couple of the lugs! Now that I found amazing. The killer was that the dealer would not pay for the rotors to be turned, so after several years of my loyal business, I never returned.
#1408 of 2830 Phonos and clay...
Dec 12, 2001 (9:48 am)
I went to my dealer and they stated the steering issue was resolved with something that increased flow but not a whole larger tank. They were not going to replace anything unless it makes noise. IS there a TSB or something else on this I can take in?
With respect to the mirrors, they told me mine is not affected. Is this possible, some Monteros have different mirrors out of the factory. Do you know anything about this, is there a TSB on this one or information on build date re mirror replacement?
Clay..agree with the comment on proper torque for disk brakes. Whether you now need new rotors or can turn again make sure they use a torque wrench. Montero calls for between 79-87 lbs or something like that. I had my wheels rotated and the tire shop (not dealer) stated 85lb would be proper.
Dec 12, 2001 (9:49 am)
Was it the drivers or passenger mirror that was replaced. I thought the discussion in the past was the passenger mirror?
#1410 of 2830 mp19fan - Rear hooks on cargo floor
Dec 12, 2001 (10:49 am)
These are for the rear tethers on infant seats. If you have infants and toddlers, you need them. But, the 2001 Montero also has the new "latch system" that work with some of the new infant carriers and toddler seats that are coming out now.